Religious Formation

March 8, 2019 

This month there is a lot going on. First of all, don’t forget to “Spring forward.” Set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night, March 9th, otherwise you will miss class. 

Spring Break is coming. Most schools in the area have the same week off—March 18th-22nd.  I have chosen to schedule class on the first Sunday because of parental feedback in the past. So, we DO have class on March 17th (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!) but we DO NOT have class on Sunday, March 24th. However, I have now gotten opposite feedback this year, so I may switch those Sundays back again next year. I’ll keep you posted. 

We’ve started our CRS Rice Bowl campaign. We kick that off every year on Ash Wednesday. However, we will pass out Rice Bowls at Masses this first weekend of lent and at R.E. Don’t forget to put your change in there to change the lives of others around the world. 75% of proceeds go to CRS’s wonderful work to help the poor and struggling.  CRS is also the biggest disaster relief organization in the world. 25% of proceeds stay here in the Archdiocese to help the poor and needy in our own community. 

Don’t forget the Rice Bowl app available now. There are daily reflections, ways to give, recipes to try, and more. Go to to learn about it, or go to the App store to download it today. 

We have Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 5:30pm. If you would like to attend this Lenten practice, please be on time as it starts promptly at 5:30. There is also a Lenten meager meal afterwards downstairs in Felician Hall. 

Remember to model the Church’s Lenten regulations at home. Many of your children are too young to be required to fast or abstain from meat on Fridays, but doing so is a good practice for later on. Remember abstinence is required at age 14 and fasting at age 18. 

Just a reminder…all practicing Catholics are expected to attend Mass every weekend. We need to see all the Religious Education (R.E.) and Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) Children at Mass. Please be a good example and attend Mass regularly with your children. Remember Thursday Mass at school does not fulfill our Sunday obligation to God. 

We have resources on our St. Philip Neri community page for Lent including Lenten prayer journey videos and a Saint Patrick film for children. Go to and enter 8QC28P when asked “enter code” and set up your own FREE account. 

God Bless,
Laurann Donahue
Director of Religious Education